Get your recommended daily serving of dairy knowledge.
This Tuesday Trivia is all about dairy. June is National Dairy Month, and we’re celebrating with some tasty factoids about one of the most essential food groups out there. From the beloved cows that brings us milk to the final product, we’re pouring on the info. Whether you prefer plain old milk and cookies or exotic cheeses, there’s some trivia here sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you with a craving for some delicious dairy.
- There are about 350 ‘squirts’ in a gallon of milk
- The most popular cheese recipe in the United States is macaroni and cheese
- Cows can only walk upstairs because their knees don’t bend in a way that allows for them to walk down
- The heaviest cheese weighed 57,518 pounds – the wheel of cheese was 32 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide
- A cow spends about 6 hours a day eating and another 8 hours chewing its cud
- There are more than 2,000 varieties of cheese – mozzarella is the most popular worldwide.
- Dairy cows can produce up to 125 gallons of saliva in one day
- Pizza hut uses 300 million pounds of cheese annually
- Cows have 32 teeth, all on the bottom – The top of a cow’s mouth has a dental pad to aid in chewing
- Cheese can be made with the milk of cows, goats, sheep, horse, buffalo, and even camel
- Cows need about 35 gallons of water a day to keep healthy
- On average it takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese
- It takes less than 5 minutes to milk a cow using a milking machine – Before the invention of milking machines, it took about twice as long to milk a single cow
- Some cheeses are actually illegal due to health concerns
- Dairy cows give over 7 gallons of milk daily, which adds up to 400 glasses (and lots of cookies!)
- People were chowing down on cheese 7,500 years ago, meaning humans were enjoying dairy products before they had figured out how to write
- The first dairy cow arrived in America in 1611
- Wisconsin used to legally require restaurants to serve cheese – From 1935 to 1937, every restaurant in the state had the legal obligation to provide patrons with a small serving of cheese
- Until the 1850s, nearly every family in America owned its own dairy cow
- America produces more cheese than anywhere else in the world
- Wisconsin uses excess cheese to de-ice roads
- Moose milk is the rarest in the world – and are only 3 moose officially approved to provide this treat
- Cows are nicknamed ‘the foster mothers of the human race’ because most of the milk humans drink comes from our bovine friends
So take some time this month to be nice to a cow!